Helianthus F1 ‘Sunrich Gold’

Helianthus F1 'Sunrich Gold'

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2003

Good Qualities:

Green centers (6); Great petal color (4); Pollenless (3); Overlapping petals, very good flower size, good foliage size, good gold, uniform height and timing; Well formed heads; Strong stem not too thick; Very strong, great eyelashes, thrips left it alone, very large head; Size, sturdy stem – I loved this one – And customers found it a nice change from brown center, while still having a typical showy sunflower image; Nice new color disc, same quality stem as ‘Sunrich Orange’, performed equally well in our direct seed trial in August; Market prefers black disc; Even, steady growth, will grow again, a nice sunflower; Nice size, blooms about 6 inches in diameter, heads were held upright on strong stems. I managed to get to these before the beetles could, customers liked these and bought them eagerly.

Problems:

Lot of rust, light disk is main problem; When aged, has cobwebby, off-white, look of centers (loses green color); plants were nipped off by some little varment right at ground level; Only got one cut per plant, useful branching did not happen but we were quite droughty here all summer.

Comments:

Similar to ‘Sunrich Orange’; Good single stem, a few axillary branches for bouquets; My customers chose these over all my other sunflowers, and they sold out before any others started moving; Will add to our farm mix next year, top trial at our farm for 2003; Have grown before, nothing too special for my market; The thrips love the ‘Sunrich Yellow’, but not the gold or orange; Began blooming 9/17 – about 2 months after seeding; We will be selling this, I really liked this one; One trialer’s results:

 
3 May Planting 9 June Planting
1st Harvest 26 days 22 days
Peak 30 days 25 days
Last 45 days 26 days

Trial Data

Helianthus F1 ‘Sunrich Gold’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2) Average Spacing (in2)
Average 1.0 38 3.5 3.5 4.3 4.9 4.7 84
Range of Responses 1 18-48 3-4 3-4 3-5 3-5 4-5 4-59-180

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

American Takii

301 Natividad Rd.

Salinas, CA 93906

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